Grants:Project/Rapid/WMGUG/Africa Open Data Conference

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Wikimedia Ghana User Group – Africa Open Data Conference, Accra
The focus is to hold a Wikipedia workshop and a Wikidata Hack-a-thon on separate days as part of the second Africa Open Data Conference to be held in Accra between 17-21 July 2017.
targetWikipedia, Wikidata
start dateJuly 15
end dateJuly 17
budget (local currency)¢6587
budget (USD)$1,510
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusNo
contact(s)• flixtey(_AT_)• community(_AT_)• masssly(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Ghana User Group
website (if applicable)Wikimedia Ghana User Group

Project Goal[edit]

Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high-quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

Wikipedia and Wikidata workshops as part of the second Africa Open Data Conference will be held in Accra between July 17 – 21, 2017.

  • The main workshop will take place on Saturday, July 1 (pre-conference) which will be about Wikidata. Participants will receive training about contributing to Wikidata after which they'll be in the position to improve Accra (Q3761) - the proposed item theme for the conference.
  • The Wikipedia edit-a-thon will take place on Monday, July 17 to improve general Wikipedia content. The session will provide an opportunity to retrain returning editors as well as recruit new comers.
  • Station a Wikimedia booth at the conference to allow people to come and learn more about the community and how to get involved.

The goals of these sessions and the project as a whole are to:

  1. Provide training on Wikipedia and Wikidata
  2. Add content to Wikipedia and Wikidata
  3. Recruit new editors and retrain returnees
  4. Form new collaborations, and create awareness to Wikimedia in the open data community

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

Day Event Activity
Saturday July 15 (10am–2pm) Wikidata Hackathon
  • Getting started with Wikidata
  • Contribute new data to Wikidata
  • Create new items
  • Add tags to Wikidata
  • Embed data from Wikidata into pages on other wikis
  • Hands on improving the Wikidata item on Accra (Q3761)
Monday July 17 (10am–2pm) Wikipedia Workshop
  • Basics of Wikipedia Editing
  • Help participants find knowledge gap of interest
  • Editathon

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

  • A notification has been added to Wikidata:Events.
  • Wikimedia Ghana User Group members have been informed of workshops via the mailing list and our community's Whatsapp group.
  • The sessions on Wikipedia and Wikidata will be RSVP'd for, on main conference website once all is confirmed.
  • Days ahead of event, we will use social media to invite people to join our sessions.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

  • All participants will be given the opportunity to join the user group. Within the user group, participants get to be part of the events and the discussions we have, get news from the global community we share, and they get access to experienced editors to teach them or answer their questions.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Wikidata Hack-a-thon Comments
Number of total participants 30 participants expected 30 participants expected
Number of articles created or improved (if applicable) Each participant will make at least a contribution each Each participant makes at least one edit to a Wikidata item.
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable) N/A N/A Unspecified number of the photos will be taken of the event and participants at work.
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable) N/A N/A Some of the photos uploaded on Commons will be used to improve the article of Africa Open Data Conference


What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).


  • Masssly, Workshop instructor – Wikidata
  • Flixtey, Workshop instructor – Wikipedia
  • Owula kpakpo, Photography & social media posts
  • Sandiooses, Assisting instructor to help manage participants
  • User RoySST or Georgina Sitsofe to handle banking, shopping, managing food counter etc

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense[edit]

Item Description Quantity Unit Price ¢ Total ¢ Comments
Venue iSpace
  • Venue for Day 1 – FREE
  • Venue for Day 2 – PAID
1 Day N/A 1200 Awaiting a partner to confirm cheaper space
MTN 4G WIFI Router Internet devices only 2 299 598 The group has MIFI personal devices which we bought for small meetings and volunteers internet needs. They take only 5 connections at a time.

However this event is expecting a bigger number of guests hence an update to a bigger capacity WIFI router. (Awaiting MTN Ghana A Wikipedia Zero sponsor to make a decision to give for free)

Data for MTN 4G WIFI Router Data cost only 2 199 398 20GB (¢199) each day (Awaiting MTN Ghana A Wikipedia Zero sponsor to make a decision to give for free)
Food Light brunch and lunch break for 30 participants for 2 days 60 participants 40 2400
Water Water for 2 days 5 boxes 20 100
T-shirts T– shirts for instructors, volunteers, prizes for top contributors out of the 60 20 22 440
Stickers Stickers for workshop participants 80 1.70 136 40 stickers will be about Wikipedia and 40 will be about Wikidata
Extension sockets 3 75 225
Volunteer transportation
  • 2 days transportation for Social Media & Photography Volunteer (¢200)
  • 2 days tansportation for volunteer to assist trainer manage the participants (¢200)
  • Transportation for volunteer who will handle food, other purchases and travel to bank for withdrawals (¢200)
  • Transportation to pay for and pick souvenirs (¢50)
N/A N/A 650
Trainer transport Trainer User: Masssly's cost of flight from Tamale and transport to conference for 2 days. 1 N/A 380
Cost of phone calls Communication between user group organisers, trainer, venue owners, sponsors 60
Total in ¢ ¢6587
Total in US Dollars at $1 = ¢4.3618 $1,510 The rate is by the Bank of Ghana / Wednesday 05th July, 2017


  • This will help us the user group in Ghana Here to increase our membership base hence more edits to Wikimedia. It's a Yes from me and I would personally be present for the workshops all things been equal. Jaward (talk) 06:44, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • This is a great opportunity for Wikimedia Ghana UG to join the open data and access to information dialog in Africa. The list of partners for this conference is very impressive: Data Collaborative for Local Impact (MCC), IDRC, Open Knowledge International, and much more including 32 countries, 600 participants. I have been speaking with the organizer of this event and there is a huge demand for Wikimedia Ghana to be present and participate. I am also working on confirming WMF representation on a panel. I endorse this fully. Jrabah (talk) 09:32, 2 July (UTC)
  • I fully endorse this, looking at the audience of the conference, it's a great avenue to preach WMF mission. Afterwall WikiData is Open Data; personally glad about the WikiData session. Enock4seth (talk) 13:53, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I am totally in support of this great initiative. This project will be a great opportunity for members of the user group to contribute more on wikidata. I hereby endorse it. Shahadusadik (talk) 19:10, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I am in high support of this initiative, WikiData training is important because it fulfills the goal of the Open society in diverse ways. It will also help improve information gaps with regards to migration of Wikipedia articles onto WikiData. However, i strongly endorse with all thumbs, Ghana is ready to do more.Joy Agyepong (talk) 08:07, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I support the project I think it would help the Wikimedia Ghana User Group teach people who might not know about the Wikipedia learn how to edit Wikidata. Justice Okai-Allotey (talk) 01:15, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I support this intervention in its bid to promote Open data in Africa Rberchie (talk) 21:55, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Nkansahrexford (talk) 07:45, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I support this initiative because it is a golden opportunity for people intrested in Wikipedia to learn how to edit. And also it will improve the editing skills of old members and we outside Accra too this is an opportunity for us to learn how to edit so that we can contribute significantly to Wikipedia. Usman Ibrahim Khalilulahi 6:10, 06 July 2017.